I have suffered from this skin condition for more than five years. It starts out like an inflamed pimple but there is a core that is hard and creamy like a grain of rice. It will get very fevered and inflamed and break open causing a sore, the sore will continue to drain puss and blood for several weaks getting larger as it progresses. I feel like I am a leaper or something. As I take a bath or shower the scabs come loose they have attached this grain like core and after the core comes out the sore heals up leaving a scar tissue. If the grain doesn't come out it may heal up but it soon re-infects and starts the whole process over again. This condition is primarily on my arms, & sholders however I have had it on my legs on occasion. Several dr's have looked at this condition but has done no testing, or have they made any suggestions as to what it is or could be. Is there a concern for skin cancer or does this sound familiar to anyone, if so what is it? How do you get rid of it? I have tried different antibotic creams, lotions, soaps, cleansers, nothing seams to help...
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replied February 23rd, 2018
Welcome to e health forum.

It seems that you might be having skin folliculitis

Folliculitis refers to an infection of the hair follicles in the skin that hold the hair.

Folliculitis is most common on the parts of the body that experience friction, such as the face, scalp, back, and thighs.

The friction caused by clothing, shaving, and substances such as sweat, oils, and cosmetics can block and irritate the follicles, allowing bacteria that normally reside on the skin, such as Staphylococcus, to get into these follicles and cause the infection.

Once infected, the follicles look like red pimples with a hair in the middle of them.

Mild and moderate folliculitis is often tender or itchy. More severe folliculitis, which may be deeper and may affect the entire hair follicle, may be painful.

Mild and moderate folliculitis usually go away quickly with treatment and leave no scars. However, more severe folliculitis may lead to more serious complications such as an infection of the deeper skin tissue (called cellulitis), scarring, or permanent hair loss.

To attempt to clear up mild folliculitis :
- Use an antibacterial soap.
- Apply hot, moist compresses to the affected area.
- Use an over-the-counter corticosteroid lotion (cortisone) to help soothe irritated or itchy skin.
- Wash towels, washcloths, and bed linens often.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes.

To prevent folliculitis, keep your skin and clothes clean and dry, especially during warm weather, and avoid clothing that's too tight and chafes against the skin.

I hope this helps.

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